Sheriff Joe Arpaio Pardon Widens Republican Rift As McCain And Flake Blast “Lawless” Trump

Monday, August 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 28, 2017

It wasn’t just millions of Democrats that were left ‘triggered’ by Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the weekend as several prominent Republicans, including John McCain, Jeff Flake and Paul Ryan, also decided to take a very public stand against the decision. Both McCain and Flake took to twitter to blast Trump’s apparent lawlessness while Arpaio responded in weekend interviews saying “it’s sad” the Republicans continue to “go after the President.” Per the Wall Street Journal:

“They’re trying to go after the president. He’s a great guy and I’m with him and will always be with him,” said Mr. Arpaio, a longtime sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, in an interview Sunday. “I’m sad what they’re doing to him. It’s sad.”

Several prominent Republican lawmakers objected to the pardon over the weekend, saying it short-circuited the legal system and undermined the rule of law. Among the critics of Mr. Trump’s move were Arizona’s two GOP senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Mr. Arpaio voiced disappointment in Mr. McCain’s position, saying, “It’s probably payback time” because Mr. Arpaio had campaigned for the senator’s Republican opponents in both of Mr. McCain’s presidential bids. As for Mr. Ryan, Mr. Arpaio said, “He ought to get on board and support our president.” Sen. McCain’s staff didn’t respond to a request for comment.

If lawmakers are upset about the pardon, Mr. Arpaio said, they should hold hearings into his legal case and look into the “bias” that he said he was shown.

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